I posted about this car on this newsgroup in November and received lots of
advice, but things here started to get very confusing and quite a bit
negative. So, I decided to try to work with one reasonable person to work
through it. I wanted to let this group know that the car is now running
beautifully, as it always did.
For the sake of others, I wanted to let you know the problem. First of all,
the ignition switch was the originator of the confusion. Parts of it were
bad, causing some the downflow of current to stop. Once that was taken
care, I went through the entire fuse box to find out that there were a few
incorrect fuses in there (previous owner) and one that was essential to the
fuel system function. Okay so now I have juice and the correct amount, so
that nothing gets overloaded. Next step was the relays. Keep in mind that
they were both brand new from Autozone, they picked them based on the car.
The ECA relay was defective. It clicked, but the gate did not close all the
way, causing the electrical current to stop there. Hence the fuel pump
relay never got any current to close it's circuit. I purchased a new one at
the Ford dealership and put it on, only to find out that the fuel pump relay
was not the right one. It was manufactured to send current in the opposite
direction, so I found out. Went back to Ford and got another relay, it
turned over just fine.
So, the problems were:
bad ignition switch
3 amp fuse where a 10 ampere should have been
partially frozen ECA relay
incorrect fuel pump relay
I want to thank BeeVee. He has worked with me every day since I stopped
posting here, which is a lot of days. He had faith in my ability to fix it,
when I had none; and he never belittled or lost his cool with me. I wanted
to publicly let him know that I appreciate all his effort. To focus in and
find that combination of problems took a lot of hard work, calmness,
patience, and persistence.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP BeeVee Take Care, Sharon